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NITTO ATP FINALS
November 16, 2019
London, England, United Kingdom
TOMAS BERDYCH: Thank you so much. Thank you.
THE MODERATOR: As you probably heard on court, Tomas has officially announced today his retirement from the ATP Tour, so he's here to answer your questions.
Q. Can I ask when was the moment that you knew it was time to stop? And why?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know exactly the day and date, but it was very soon or very quickly after the US Open this year, because really, like, just the feeling that I went through on my last official match, it's been just one that told me, like, that's it. Like, you tried absolutely everything and the result is how it is.
And also the perspective that the level that I was always chasing, you know, the top results and being in the top positions, and then you almost really fighting for the first match to win really like badly, and you fight with yourself, not really with the opponent.
I said, like, Okay, that's it. That's enough. In terms of just my body doesn't allow me to do so, and it's very unpredictable.
I was able to train, practice, preparing, and then you get to the tournament, and then I play three games, the problem came back. Then what do you want to do?
So it's very hard. You put all the, I would say negative stuff on the one side, and then the positive is to go on court, fight, win the match, and there was no chance to achieve that. There is no really point to continue.
Q. How did you feel?
TOMAS BERDYCH: With the decision or now?
Q. Once you made the decision, what was the first feeling you had?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I was always, like, I would say, like, very -- I always look at the situations that need to see it very realistically. So that was the truth. I mean, I was standing with my feet on the ground and not dreaming about anything. And the situation was as it was.
So the feeling that I said, and I said with my closest and, you know, of course it was not made in a minute, but when I really made my decision with myself and with my closest, it was, I would say, a big relief. Because you really give a lot of your time and your energy to it, and really, there was not much coming up back from it.
Q. As a veteran, I want to thank you for always being very kind, available. Between players, one of the best by far from the media point of view.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Thank you.
Q. Second, if one day you will have a son or a daughter, the first phrase that you will tell to mention your career? And you can choose only one. I was No. 4 in the world. I was in the finals in Wimbledon in 2010 beating Djokovic, Federer, before losing to Nadal. I won a Masters in Bercy. And two Davis Cups.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Maybe strange, but I would say the Wimbledon (smiling). Not the win -- not the victory at the end, but for me, still, like, very, very special moment. Even the final that I lost, it was very, very special moment.
Q. Congratulations for so many things.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Thank you.
Q. The tennis players, when they finish, you have other alternatives. You are doing things in Czech Republic, or what is your future, let's say? Or are you going to teach some other people? Because we need some more Czech players.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Absolutely that I agree with you that we need more Czech tennis players (smiling), the girls or guys. That's true.
But right now, I will make you happy maybe. The plan is actually not to have any plans, because -- no, seriously. The last 15, 20 years was so hectic and so demanding that I just need to just, you know, breathe out easily after all those years.
So I'm not really ready right now that the first thing that tomorrow I will do will be, you know, back in the process of something. Doesn't have to be tennis, business, or whatever. I just need to have time for myself, for my family which, you know, gave me almost everything from the time.
I know I didn't have the proper time, because the tennis career just requires, you know, being very selfish, being absolutely into the sport. And now I have the time. So that's it.
Q. What are you most proud of in your career? And if there is one, what is your biggest regret, something that you think you could have achieved and you couldn't?
TOMAS BERDYCH: The most proud of? I think it's that I was able to stay as I was since a kid. I don't think the tennis career and tennis life doesn't change me as a person.
I mean, of course it forms you in many ways, I mean, with winning, losing, all the fame and all the stuff around. But I still think, and now I can say because now it's over so the things won't change now and that's how it is, I was able to stay, you know, the person I was from the beginning.
Regrets? No, I think even the bad things or the negative experience that I went through or I experienced or I have done, I think they were there for the reason. I think without them, I wouldn't be as good as I was.
So, no, I think even the bad ones were there for the reason.
Q. When some players retire, they go to a completely different profession. Others play the Champions Tour one or two months later. Even though you don't have plans yet, do you see yourself staying involved in the sport to some capacity?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, sport was my life from the kid, and I wouldn't change that, absolutely not.
But if it's going to be in the professional terms or if it's going to be just as my hobby or whatever form, I really don't know. And I don't want to know. I just really want to have every next day as a clean sheet of the paper and whatever is going to happen is happen.
Q. There were two episodes in your career that made the public see you in a different, I thought unfair way, was the Nadal match in Madrid that was there and then the Almagro situation at the Australian Open. You lived in the same generation of Roger and Rafa. How did you cope with those episodes that I thought you were unfairly treated? How do you look back at those episodes?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think that's actually the follow-up on the question of the gentleman there that really, it's not a regret. Yes, I mean -- I mean, probably if I would do the situation, let's say now or last year, you know, like what happened with Rafa, yes, that would be a bad, bad situation and bad moment in my career, absolutely.
That wouldn't be the moment that give me something positive on the other side, right? But this happened when I was, I don't know, 20, 22, and of course those things are happening, you know. There are guys who, you know, smashing racquets and so on.
Yes, this was a thing that happened in the past, and as I said, just the way how I was able to learn from it, take it as advantage for me and live with that, and again, how the people see me or how all this created around itself, look, I'm trying to be myself. So I won't be the one trying to convince them or do the things differently.
I mean, I'm doing the things as it comes from my heart, and that's how it was on the court. That was all part of me, and that's one of the things, like I said, that I'm proud of, you know, that was not the things that somebody would be moving me, let's say, Oh, you should be behaving or we should create something around you, you know, like those kind of personalities, that it's not really you but you're just playing in one way.
So that's the way.
Q. If I'm not wrong, I'm remembering a very positive press conference from Australian Open 2018 where you tried to be very positive in terms of your body and that it will be better in the future. I'm just wondering when you noticed that it won't be better if you tried it in terms of painkillers to stay on your level, and just a general comment if you tried to do this? And because I hope that a lot of other players with injury problems also do it, what your experience was with painkillers, and if you think that other players with injury problems also do it.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, yeah, I think it was this year, right, 2019 in Australia where I was positive about the state of my body? Because I came after a half year of sitting home, and the start of this season was pretty good. Yes, it was.
There was a huge motivation from me. That was a first actually big injury in my career, which I'm actually pleased, you know. There are guys that they are having it throughout the career many times, and this was after 15 years the first time that I was out for six months.
Then I was able to come back, so it was a huge also part of my career and big motivation for me to do it.
Yeah, the problems came back basically when I was in Miami. And since that, that was nearly impossible to sort it out.
Asking me about the painkillers, no, I couldn't play -- yeah, I can't play with it, because not really helping, and then I felt dizzy and not the way I want to feel on the court. I think the player has to be really 100% ready.
I mean, of course you get tired one day more than the other, but not that you have really a pain. If you have a pain, I mean, you can't go on court. Not me, I mean, that's why I struggle a lot, because I was not coming to the court when I knew that I have all the weapons with me that I can fight with everybody because I'm ready, because I knew that I'm already broken a little bit (smiling).
Q. Now that you're retired from the sport, how will you describe your legacy you left in the sport?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Sorry?
Q. How would you describe the legacy you have left in the sport?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Again, I think I'm not the correct one to judge that, you know. I was trying to do the best I possibly can, and I think this is something that you created with your achievement, with your behaving.
And again, it's something quite -- you know, it's not a thing that you can touch the bottle. That's something what you can have a different opinion, he can have a different opinion. And I don't want to change that.
So the only way I can change is was being ready for every single match, putting 100% to every time I step on the court, and whatever is the outcome it is the outcome.
Q. Which is, in your opinion, the best tennis player now of the next generation or in this moment?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, of the next generation, it is always hard to tell, because I like to judge it by not by the short period of time. Let's say, in my opinion, Stefanos is playing incredibly well, but then again, if you look at him and his a bit of being out in the summer, those things are something what, you know, how you like to judge it.
In my eyes, the player, when he's really consistent throughout the whole season, I think that's a big statement. So let's see. But definitely he's one of the next generation or new guys that can start to winning slams.
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|Posted on November 16, 2019 at 2:30 PM|
Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek, David Ferrer, Victor Estrella Burgos, Nicolas Almagro, Max Mirnyi, Marcin Matkowski, Mikhail Youzhny and Marcos Baghdatis pose for a photo during a presentation to honor their service to the ATP Tour during Day Seven of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 Arena on Saturday, November 16, 2019 in London, England.
Berdych, Ferrer, Baghdatis, Youzhny Among Retirees Honoured At Nitto ATP Finals
Nov 16, 2019 | ATP Staff
Former ATP Tour stars take part in on-court ceremony in London
Tomas Berdych, who announced his retirement from professional tennis on Saturday, was honoured alongside fellow retirees David Ferrer, Mikhail Youzhny, Marcos Baghdatis, Nicolas Almagro, Radek Stepanek, Max Mirnyi Victor Estrella Burgos and Marcin Matkowski at The O2, the London venue of the Nitto ATP Finals.
Former World No. 4 Berdych, who cites his 2010 Wimbledon final run as a ‘special moment’, admitted that he has no plans yet for his future. “The plan is actually not to have any plans, because the past 15, 20 years was so hectic and so demanding that I just need to just breathe out easily after all those years.”
The Czech, a winner of 13 ATP Tour singles titles, including the 2005 Rolex Paris Masters, competed at the Nitto ATP Finals on six occasions, between 2010-2015.
The nine players took part in an on-court ceremony following Stefanos Tsitsipas’ semi-final victory over Roger Federer on Saturday afternoon. Ross Hutchins, the ATP’s Chief Player Officer, then paid tribute to the retirees off the court, presenting them with frames highlighting standout moments of their careers.
Ferrer, who retired in May and has since been named the Tournament Director of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, rose to a career-high No 3 in the ATP Rankings and won 27 singles titles in a 19-season career. He finished runner-up at 2013 Roland Garros, triumphed at the Rolex Paris Masters in 2012 and was also the finalist at the 2007 Nitto ATP Finals.
Fans’ favourite Baghdatis recorded 349 singles match wins in a career that ended at Wimbledon in July. The former World No. 8, who reached the 2006 Australian Open final, captured four ATP Tour titles. Youzhny finished his career one victory shy of 500 match wins in October 2018, but it didn’t matter to the former World No. 8 Muscovite, who spent 13 straights seasons in the Top 50 of the ATP Rankings and won nine titles from 20 finals.
Mirnyi, who retired also 12 months ago, climbed to the top of the ATP Doubles Rankings for the first time on 9 June 2003, and he would spend 57 weeks atop the doubles mountain. The Belarusian won 52 tour-level doubles titles, including 10 Grand Slam men’s doubles crowns (and eight in mixed doubles). He also captured the London 2012 Olympics mixed doubles gold medal with Victoria Azarenka. As a singles player, he ascended as high as No. 18 in the ATP Rankings.
Former World No. 9 Almagro clinched 13 titles from 25 clay-court finals, while Estrella Burgos broke into the Top 100 for the first time at the age of 33 and captured three Quito crowns. Stepanek, who stopped playing in November 2017, was a former World No. 8 singles player and No. 4 on the doubles court, earning the 2012 Australian Open and 2013 US Open crowns with Leander Paes.
Matkowski, who retired in June, partnered Mariusz Fyrstenberg to the title matches of the 2011 US Open and the Nitto ATP Finals. The Pole won 18 team crowns.
|Posted on November 16, 2019 at 2:15 PM|
Tomas Berdych is interviewed by television presenter Annabel Croft as he stands on court during a ceremony to honour former tennis players at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Former No. 4 Tomas Berdych announces retirement from tennis
LONDON (AP) — Former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych announced his retirement from tennis on Saturday after a 17-year professional career.
The 34-year-old Berdych confirmed the decision at the ATP Finals, saying his body no longer allows him to compete at the highest level after struggling with a back injury for much of the last 18 months.
The former No. 4 said he made the decision shortly after losing in the first round of the U.S. Open in August. He hasn't played since and is currently ranked 103rd.
"I said, ‘OK that's it. That's enough.’ In terms of just my body doesn't allow me to do so, and it's very unpredictable," Berdych said. "There is no real point to continue."
The Czech said the highlight of his career was reaching the 2010 Wimbledon final, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic along the way before losing to Rafael Nadal.
"Even the final that I lost, it was a very, very special moment," he said.
He also reached the semifinals at least once at each of the other three Grand Slams and earned 13 career titles — including the 2005 Paris Masters — with a career-high ranking of No. 4.
Berdych said he doesn't have any immediate plans for what to do in retirement, but will focus on resting up and spending time with his family.
"The plan is actually not to have any plans," he said. "The last 15, 20 years was so hectic and so demanding that I just need to just breathe out easily after all those years."
|Posted on November 16, 2019 at 2:00 PM|
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic smiles as he stands on court during a ceremony to honour former tennis players at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
Tribute: Berdych Bids Farewell In London
Saturday, November 16, 2019 | ATP Staff
Czech announces retirement on Saturday at the Nitto ATP Finals
Tomas Berdych created plenty of memorable moments in London throughout his career. He endeared himself to the British public by reaching his lone Grand Slam final at 2010 Wimbledon and making six consecutive appearances (2010-2015) at the Nitto ATP Finals, winning new fans each year with his baseline game, centered on a powerful forehand, along with his composure under pressure.
The city proved a fitting location for Berdych to call time on his storied 17-year ATP Tour career. The 34-year-old Czech announced his retirement from professional tennis on Saturday during The O2 and took part in a special on-court ceremony that celebrated his achievements. Berdych competed in his final professional match at this year’s US Open and said an ongoing back injury forced him to step away.
“The feeling I went through in my last official match was one that told me I tried absolutely everything, but the end result is how it is,” Berdych said. “The level I was always chasing, the top results, being in the top positions [of the ATP Rankings]… My body doesn’t allow me to do so.
“I always look at situations very realistically. I was standing with my feet on my ground. When I made my decision with myself and [loved ones], I felt a big relief.”
Berdych won 13 ATP Tour titles during his career, including the 2005 Rolex Paris Masters (d. Ljubicic), when he arrived as a fresh-faced 20-year-old at No. 50 in the ATP Rankings. He also led the Czech Republic to the 2002 and 2003 Davis Cup titles. Berdych was a staple at the highest levels of the game for more than a decade, reaching the Top 10 during 11 seasons on Tour (2006-2008, 2010-2017) and peaking at No. 4 in May 2015.
But the Czech still viewed his Wimbledon final as the pinnacle of his career. He stunned defending champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, then followed up with a straight-sets win against Novak Djokovic before falling in the final to Rafael Nadal. Although some referred to his two weeks at The All England Club as a dream run, he viewed it as a logical extension of long hours on the practice court.
“I wouldn’t say ‘dream’. It’s a good result, but the results come after really hard work and that’s what I’m doing. That’s why I’m preparing every day,” Berdych said after his semi-final win over Djokovic. “It’s not happening as a miracle. You need to do something to bring those good results.”
Although Berdych’s game never betrayed him, he ultimately accepted that his body had. He missed the last five months of the 2018 season due to his back injury and was limited to nine tour-level events this year. Berdych’s consummate professionalism throughout his career, including attempts to regain full health, made it easier for him to hang up his racquets.
“I don’t have any regrets. Even the bad things or negative experiences I went through were there for a reason. Without them, I wouldn’t be as good as I was,” Berdych said. “I was always trying to do the best I possibly can. This is something you create with your achievements and your behavior. I was ready for every single match and putting 100 per cent into every time I stepped on the court.”
Although retiring from any profession after 17 years poses challenges, Berdych is ready for the next chapter of his life. He’s eager to spend more time with loved ones and explore new possibilities that are available to him.
“The plan is not to have any plans. The last 15 or 20 years were so hectic that I just need to breathe out easily,” Berdych said. “I need to have time for myself and my family, who gave me almost everything. I didn’t have the proper time because the tennis career requires being very selfish and absolutely into the sport. And now I have the time.
“Sport was my life from the time I was a kid until now and I wouldn’t change that, absolutely not. But if it’s just going to be [my profession] or just as my hobby, I really don’t know. And I don’t want to know. I really just want to have every day as a clean slate.”
|Posted on November 14, 2019 at 5:55 AM|
Tomas Berdych set to retire at the ATP Finals in London
NOVEMBER 14, 2019
by PHILIP ANDERSON (Tennis World USA)
One of the most consistent performers of his time and 2010 Wimbledon Finalist – Tomas Berdych is set to draw curtains on his illustrious career at the ATP Finals in London on Saturday, according to his father - Martin Berdych.
“I think it will be a great end on Saturday,” Blesk quoted Martin Berdych saying that he and his wife would go to London to the farewell event. Speculations have been circulating around that Berdych was ending his career post this year’s US Open.
He commented after his first round elimination at the US Open this year that his continuation in 2020 would be very unrealistic. Berdych suffers from chronic problems caused by a congenital defect of his left hip. Berdych has lifted 13 ATP Titles in singles and 2 in doubles.
He has also won the Davis Cup twice, in 2012 and 2013. With almost $30 million as prize money in his tennis career, he has been ranked as high as No.4 on the ATP Charts. When it comes to results this year, he had a win-loss record of 13-9 with just over $500,000 in prize money.
He finishes his career with an impressive win-loss record of 640-342. He started the 2019 season with a bang, a final in Doha followed by a Round 4 stint at the Australian Open but failed to maintain his consistency and momentum courtesy injuries. Berdych is likely to stay in New York for some time because of his wife,model Ester Berdych Satorova.
|Posted on November 13, 2019 at 7:40 AM|
Tomas Berdych Set To Announce Retirement From Tennis In London
AFP Agence France-Presse | Wednesday, 13 November 2019
The 34-year-old current world number 103 has won 13 ATP titles, reaching a career-high fourth rank in 2015.
Czech Davis Cup champion Tomas Berdych plans to announce his retirement from tennis in London on Saturday ending 17 years as a professional. Berdych's father Martin broke the news to the Czech tabloid Blesk on Wednesday and Berdych himself then recorded a tweet confirming the retirement. "Hi guys, if you want to have a little surprise, just don't see any media and social networks, but you and I know it's impossible these days," Berdych told his fans, sitting in a car.
"I had it planned as a little surprise on Saturday when I'm going to be in London but now it's not even possible because it's all over but it's fine."
"More information is going to come on Saturday so stay tuned," said Berdych.
The 34-year-old current world number 103 has won 13 ATP titles, reaching a career-high fourth rank in 2015.
Berdych was in the ATP top 10 nonstop between July 2010 and January 2017.
He has never won a grand slam title, coming closest at Wimbledon in 2010 where he beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic before falling at the hands of Rafael Nadal in the final.
Together with doubles specialist Radek Stepanek, he led the Czech Republic to Davis Cup wins in 2012 and 2013.
|Posted on September 17, 2019 at 5:15 AM|
May hope and optimism be your strongest allies in the journey of life. Happy Birthday Tomas Berdych! With Love from your fans all over the World!
|Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:45 PM|
Tomas Berdych congratulates Jenson Brooksby of the United States after Brooksby won their first round match on day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Court No. 13 on Monday, August 26, 2019, in New York City. Brooksby won 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Brooksby, Berdych face decisions on futures after US Open
BY BRIAN MAHONEY AP SPORTS WRITER
August 26, 2019
Jenson Brooksby's only guaranteed destination now is the second round of the U.S. Open.
College tennis may no longer be in the plans.
"It's up in the air," Brooksby said.
So is Tomas Berdych's future.
The 18-year-old Brooksby earned his first Grand Slam win Monday with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Berdych, who said he is "very close" to considering retirement after an injury-plagued season.
"That's very frustrating. When you do the whole preparation, everything's fine, goes well and then you get on court and basically there's no way I can compete with the guys in this shape," Berdych said.
He couldn't do much over the final two sets against Brooksby, a Californian who was set to play at Baylor University after the year's final major tournament.
But he was reconsidering even before he went through qualifying to reach the main draw, and then knocked off the 2010 Wimbledon finalist and 2012 U.S. Open semifinalist.
"I still thought there was a chance I don't go," Brooksby said. "But the more I win here, obviously the more likely it could go in the other direction."
He looked ready for the pros while confidently recovering after the second set in front of a crowd that loudly backed him. Brooksby lost in the first round last year as a wild card but felt better about his chances this year after getting higher-level tournament experience.
An even younger American came oh-so-close to pulling off another surprise later Monday, but 16-year-old Zachary Svajda of California couldn't quite hold on after building a two-set lead against 37-year-old Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, eventually succumbing 3-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
The age gap of 21 years was the largest between male opponents at a Grand Slam tournament since 1978.
Svajda, who earned his berth in New York by winning the U.S. 18s national championship, was the youngest man in the main draw at Flushing Meadows since Donald Young also was 16 in 2005.
Players are guaranteed $100,000 for reaching the second round of singles play at the U.S. Open, though Brooksby would have to give up his amateur future if he takes it. That makes his decision even more difficult.
"Yeah, it's definitely financial because, like, I would get four years of free college if I went just for one semester, compared to just the money I earn here," he said. "So got to figure that all out."
Berdych has his own thinking to do, though his body may already be giving him the answers.
Back and left hip injuries forced him to miss four months before Wimbledon and another month after before he came back for the U.S. Open with limited preparation. There wasn't much power in the shots of a player who was No. 4 in the world only four-plus years ago, with some second serves coming in the mid-80 mph range.
"Today I felt terrible on the court, to be honest," Berdych said.
There have been too many days like that as he prepares to turn 34 next month. He fell out of the top 100 earlier this year for the first time since Jan. 26, 2004 — seven months before beating Roger Federer in the Olympics — and perhaps soon may be out of tennis entirely.
"I mean, this was my third try that I tried and really I cannot find much the right solution that can get through it," he said. "Also, I'm not 24 anymore."
|Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:40 PM|
Tomas Berdych leaves the court after losing his men's singles first round match against Jenson Brooksby of the United States on day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Court No. 13 on Monday, August 26, 2019, in New York City. Brooksby won 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
His easy power gone, Berdych hit out of US Open by U.S. teen Brooksby
The Czech, who has worked to give himself 'one more try' to get back to full strength, was ousted by the 394th-ranked 18-year-old in the first round at Flushing Meadows.
By Steve Tignor | August 26, 2019
NEW YORK—It had been 16 years since I first saw Tomas Berdych on Court 13 at the US Open. That was 2003, and he was a long-haired 17-year-old making his Grand Slam debut. He entered the main draw as a lucky loser, and he exited it quickly, to Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round. But the already-towering teen was around long enough to make me think, for a few minutes at least, that he was going to be the future of men’s tennis.
At a time when the game was growing taller by the day, Berdych was the smoothest-hitting 6’5’’ player I’d ever seen. He dropped down and drove through both his ground strokes, and generated quiet, easy, effortless power. I’ll never forget the crack-of-a-gunshot sound that his flat first serve made. In his beautifully brute force, it seemed as if 21st-century tennis had arrived. When Berdych upset Roger Federer at the Athens Olympics the following summer, it seemed that he had arrived as well.
As we know now, the rest was not quite history.
Sixteen years and twice as many hairstyles later, a 33-year-old Berdych was back on Court 13 at 11:00 on Monday morning. Much looked the same, from his smooth strokes to his sartorial boldness—today he wore kit by Hydrogen that featured stars on his shirt and vertical stripes on his pants. Berdych is hardly a beloved figure in New York, but he did reach the semifinals here in 2012, and his name inspired a spirited “Woooo!” from the bleachers. Anyone following his season so far must have known that he’ll take whatever love he can get.
“It’s been a very tough time for me,” Berdych told ATPTour.com last week in Winston-Salem. “I’ve been really up and down. Because of the love of the sport, I was giving myself one more try to come back, give myself a good shot to prepare, play some matches [in Winston-Salem] and the US Open and see what happens.”
What may happen sooner than later is that Berdych will announce his retirement. He contemplated it last season, but a run to the final of the first event of 2019, in Doha, gave him new hope. If Federer, who is four years older than Berdych, and Nadal, who is a few months older, can thrive in their mid-30s, why not him? He has been their peer for nearly two decades. But then, in Miami, a back injury sent Berdych reeling again. He missed Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and most of the summer hard-court season. Like so many other tennis players, though, that one good run of form, in Doha, continued to give him hope.
“If I prepared like I did before this season, not had good results, and then had the injuries…I probably would be thinking very differently. I probably wouldn’t be standing here right now,” he said. “I know I can still play some good tennis when I’m fit and healthy.”
Berdych seemed to have found a comfortable spot in the draw. On Monday he faced Jenson Brooksby, a California kid who was all of three years old when Berdych made his debut here. Brooksby, the only American man to qualify for the Open, was ranked outside the Top 300, and despite winning the USTA Nationals at Kalamazoo last year, he committed to play at Baylor rather than turn pro.
Will that decision change after today? It was Brooksby, rather than Berdych, who had the crowd behind him. It was Brooksby who cruised through the first set with ease and confidence. And it was Brooksby who was the fitter and more confident player down the stretch. It was Brooksby who finished with his first Grand Slam win, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Berdych’s strokes were still smooth, but the easy power had gone out of them. He double-faulted twice in the opening game, and was down 0-4 in a matter of minutes. After briefly wresting back control of the rallies in the second set, Berdych looked increasingly labored and lumbering in the third and fourth. Brooksby’s 45th and final winner had the feel of one man putting the other out of his misery.
Is this the end of the line for Berdych at the US Open? Does he have another comeback in him? If not, he’ll go down as one of the best players never to win a major, and perhaps the most unfortunate casualty of the Big 4 era. He was one of the few men to reach the semis or better at all four majors; he led the Czech Republic to two Davis Cup titles; he has won 13 titles and 640 matches—21st on the all-time list, and ahead of a dozen Hall-of-Famers. More than most players, though, he’ll be remembered for what he didn’t do, and who he couldn’t beat.
Berdych himself doesn’t seem to have any lasting regrets; he’s taking whatever he can from his last few laps around the circuit.
“If this was happening earlier in my career, it would be very frustrating,” he told the tour’s website. “It’s easier to deal with when you have all the experience. I’m just enjoying new situations that I’ve never had in my career, trying to find a way through it and take it as a challenge.”
Berdych couldn’t find that way today. Shaking hands with Brooksby, he patted the younger man on the shoulders a few times; it looked like one player with everything behind him wishing the best for a player with everything in front of him. But even on this afternoon, there were a few flashes that reminded me of Berdych’s better days, points where he eased around for a forehand and lasered the ball into the corner for a winner that was as casual in its creation as it was explosive in its end result. His timing will be missed.
Back in 2003, I was wrong about Berdych being the future of the men’s game. But I wasn’t wrong about how amazingly good he was at tennis. In this outsized era, you could be one without being the other. Jenson Brooksby would probably be more than happy to have half the career that Tomas Berdych has.
|Posted on August 26, 2019 at 1:35 PM|
Tomas Berdych in action against Jenson Brooksby of the United States during their first round match on day one of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Court No. 13 on Monday, August 26, 2019, in New York City, United States. Brooksby won 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Jenson Brooksby defeats Tomas Berdych in Round 1 of the 2019 US Open
WHAT HAPPENED: In front of a packed, boisterous crowd on Court 13, Jenson Brooksby, the lone American male qualifier in the draw, shocked former world No. 4 Tomas Berdych in Round 1 of the US Open by a score of 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
On paper, this matchup appeared one-sided. But 18-year-old Sacramento native Brooksby, the world No. 394, is brimming with confidence after qualifying for the tournament and capturing two back-to-back ITF tournaments over the summer. Meanwhile Berdych, a US Open semifinalist in 2012, has struggled with injuries for much of the last two seasons. In the first set, this appeared to be the case. Brooksby came out firing, hitting his targets with precision and breaking Berdych in the first game. Berdych struggled with his movement and could not find the court in the early exchanges, and the American quickly wrapped up the first set in a tidy 25 minutes.
The second set offered a bit of a role reversal. Berdych began to step in on the return and take more advantage of Brooksby’s second serve. At the same time, Brooksby seemed intent on pulling the trigger too early at times, leading to more unforced errors. Berdych took advantage and broke Brooksby twice, leveling the match at one set apiece.
The opponents stayed even with each other through much of the final two sets. But Brooksby played better at critical moments, using his powerful strokes and backhand down the line to frustrate Berdych. Brooksby broke the Czech at 4-5 in both sets 3 and 4, which resulted in his first main draw US Open victory.
WHAT IT MEANS: Brooksby, a US Open junior semifinalist in 2018, received a wild card into the qualifying round; he becomes the second-ever qualifying wild card to win a main draw match at the US Open, after Bradley Klahn in 2012. He next faces No. 17 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, who overcame a tough five-set test from Hungarian Marton Fucsovics to advance to the second round.
MATCH POINT: Brooksby hit 45 winners to just 30 errors, and he won a staggering 44% of his receiving points. Can the American maintain his form and continue his dream run?
|Posted on August 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM|
Men's Singles Draw
 Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP)
Sam Querrey (USA) vs Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG)
Denis Kudla (USA) vs Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
Steve Darcis (BEL) vs  Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs [Q] Jannik Sinner (ITA)
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
Laslo Djere (SRB) vs Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)
[WC] Zachary Svajda (USA) vs  Kevin Anderson (RSA)
 Fabio Fognini (ITA) vs Reilly Opelka (USA)
[Q] Dominik Koepfer (GER) vs Jaume Munar (ESP)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] Jenson Brooksby (USA)
Marton Fucsovics (HUN) vs  Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO)
 Taylor Harry Fritz (USA) vs Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) vs [WC] Marcos Giron (USA)
[Q] Soon Woo Kwon (KOR) vs Hugo Dellien (BOL)
Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) vs  Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
 Roger Federer (SUI) vs [Q] Sumit Nagal (IND)
[Q] Elliot Benchetrit (FRA) vs Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) vs Daniel Evans (GBR)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs  Lucas Pouille (FRA)
 Guido Pella (ARG) vs Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
Richard Berankis (LTU) vs [Q] Jiri Vesely (CZE)
[Q] Gregoire Barrere (FRA) vs Cameron Norrie (GBR)
Corentin Moutet (FRA) vs  David Goffin (BEL)
 Borna Coric (CRO) vs [Q] Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
[WC] Jack Sock (USA) vs Pablo Cuevas (URU)
Nicolas Jarry (CHI) vs  Milos Raonic (CAN)
 Christian Garin (CHI) vs [WC] Christopher Eubanks (USA)
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) vs Alex DE Minaur (AUS)
Thiago Moura Monteiro (BRA) vs Bradley Klahn (USA)
[Q] Marco Trungelliti (ARG) vs  Kei Nishikori (JPN)
 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) vs Andrey Rublev (RUS)
[WC] Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) vs Gilles Simon (FRA)
[WC] Antoine Hoang (FRA) vs Leonardo Mayer (ARG)
Steve Johnson (USA) vs  Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
 Matteo Berrettini (ITA) vs Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Joao Sousa (POR) vs Jordan Thompson (AUS)
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) vs Federico Delbonis (ARG)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) vs  Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
 Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
Ugo Humbert (FRA) vs Marius Copil (ROU)
Henri Laaksonen (SUI) vs Marco Cecchinato (ITA)
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) vs  Felix Auger Aliassime (CAN)
 Kyle Edmund (GBR) vs Pablo Andujar (ESP)
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)
Alexander Bublik (RUS) vs [Q] Santiago Giraldo (COL)
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs  Dominic Thiem (AUT)
 Alexander Zverev (GER) vs Radu Albot (MDA)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Jozef Kovalik (SVK) vs Aljaz Bedene (SLO)
Brayden Schnur (CAN) vs  Benoit Paire (FRA)
 Diego Schwartzman (ARG) vs Robin Haase (NED)
Lloyd Harris (RSA) vs [Q] Egor Gerasimov (BLR)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Tennys Sandgren (USA)
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs  Karen Khachanov (RUS)
 John Isner (USA) vs [Q] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) vs Casper Ruud (NOR)
Filip Krajinovic (SRB) vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER)
Martin Klizan (SVK) vs  Marin Cilic (CRO)
 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs [Q] Tobias Kamke (GER)
[Q] Hyeon Chung (KOR) vs [WC] Ernesto Escobedo (USA)
[WC] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [Q] Ilya Ivashka (BLR)
John Millman (AUS) vs  Rafael Nadal (ESP)
|Posted on August 20, 2019 at 5:20 PM|
Tomas Berdych in action against Filip Krajinovic during the men's singles Round 2 of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on Tuesday, August 20, 2018 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (USA).ATP World Tour NewsFilip Krajinovic rallied against Tomas Berdych to move on 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. The Serbian broke Berdych when he was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, and then won eight of the final nine games.
|Posted on August 19, 2019 at 8:50 AM|
Tomas Berdych in action against Andreas Seppi of Italy during the first-round match of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (USA). Berdych won 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Berdych: 'It's Been A Very Tough Time For Me'
ATP NEWS | 19 August 2019
Former World No. 4 returns with a win in Winston-Salem
Tomas Berdych's first-round win over Andreas Seppi on Sunday night at the Winston-Salem Open was a positive first step in his return from a back injury that has sidelined him for most of the past 14 months. But the joy on his face after match point didn’t show how much the Czech had been silently suffering during his time away from competition.
“It’s been a very tough time for me. I’ve been really up and down,” admitted Berdych. “Because of the love of the sport, I was giving myself one more try to come back, give myself a good shot to prepare, play some matches here and the US Open and see what happens… It was probably not the nicest win, but it [only] counts that you win.”
The 33-year-old missed the last five months of the 2018 season due to his back injury before returning in January. After six ATP Tour events to start the year, the injury flared up again in March. His only tournament since the BNP Paribas Open was Wimbledon, which he admitted only playing “just for the reason that it’s Wimbledon. I was not fit and not at the level that I wanted to be.”
But Berdych is now fit again. When he’s healthy, the Czech is still capable of great tennis. In his first three tournaments of this season, the former World No. 4 finished runner-up in Doha (l. to Bautista Agut), reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and advanced to the semi-finals in Montpellier. Berdych admitted those early highlights are largely what fueled his latest comeback.
“If I had prepared like I did before this season, not had good results and then had the injuries come a couple of months later, I probably would be thinking very differently. I probably wouldn’t be standing here right now,” he said. “I know I can still play some good tennis when I’m fit and healthy.”
After a 17-year career that has seen him win 13 ATP Tour titles, finish runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon and clear more than $29 million in prize money, Berdych has nothing left to prove. He's looking to finish the final chapter of his career on his terms and embracing what might be his biggest challenge yet.
“If this was happening early in my career, it would be very frustrating. It’s easier to deal with when you have all the experience,” said Berdych. “I’m just enjoying new situations that I’ve never had my career, trying to find a way through it and take it as a new challenge.”
|Posted on August 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM|
Berdych Advances On Day One In Winston-Salem
ATP NEWS | 18 August 2019
Tomas Berdych won his first tour-level match since February on Sunday at the Winston-Salem Open, beating Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The former World No. 4, a wild-card entry into the ATP 250 tournament, last won at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
“It was a tough match. It was a great start for me but then I still knew that it's not going to go like that all the way,” Berdych said. “When you don't play for a long time, it's not easy. You really have to battle out for every single point, which I did today.”
The Czech started the year 10-3, reaching the Qatar ExxonMobil Open final and the fourth round of the Australian Open. But injury woes have kept the 33-year-old from regular action. He's played only one match – a first-round loss to American Taylor Fritz at Wimbledon – since March. Berdych will next meet eighth seed Filip Krajinovic of Serbia.
|Posted on August 16, 2019 at 10:05 PM|
Czech It Out: Former World No. 4 Tomas Berdych also received a wild card into the event. The Czech had a hot start to the 2019 season, going 10-3 with the Doha final and the Australian Open fourth round in his ledger.
Due to recurring injuries, though, Berdych has played only one match since March – a first-round loss to Taylor Fritz at Wimbledon. Berdych will aim to rebound at an event where he has had previous success – he was the Winston-Salem runner-up in 2012.Men's Singles Draw
 Benoit Paire (FRA) - BYE
Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) vs [PR] Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER)
[PR] Amir Weintraub (ISR) vs [Q]
 Ugo Humbert (FRA) - BYE
 Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) - BYE
Marius Copil (ROU) vs Martin Klizan (SVK)
Antoine Hoang (FRA) vs [Q]
 Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) - BYE
 Joao Sousa (POR) - BYE
Denis Kudla (USA) vs Robin Haase (NED)
Marco Cecchinato (ITA) vs Alexander Bublik (RUS)
 John Millman (AUS) - BYE
 Casper Ruud (NOR) - BYE
Lloyd Harris (RSA) vs Jaume Munar (ESP)
Steve Johnson (USA) vs Corentin Moutet (FRA)
 Daniel Evans (GBR) - BYE
 Filip Krajinovic (SRB) - BYE
[WC] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)
[Q] vs Jeremy Chardy (FRA)
 [WC] Frances Tiafoe (USA)
 Feliciano Lopez (ESP) - BYE
Pablo Andujar (ESP) vs Nicolas Jarry (CHI)
Duckhee Lee (KOR) vs Henri Laaksonen (SUI)
 Hubert Hurkacz (POL) - BYE
 Sam Querrey (USA) - BYE
[Q] vs Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP)
Thomas Fabbiano (ITA) vs Andrey Rublev (RUS)
 Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) - BYE
 Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) - BYE
Thiago Moura Monteiro (BRA) vs Alexei Popyrin (AUS)
Tennys Sandgren (USA) vs [WC] Andy Murray (GBR)
 [WC] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) - BYE
|Posted on August 16, 2019 at 8:05 PM|
Tournament director Bill Oakes and ATP player Tomas Berdych at the Winston-Salem Open Draw Party on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in the Harold Pollard Center at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex in Winston-Salem, N.C.
THE DRAW IS SET
AUGUST 16, 2019
by John Delong
After Friday’s draw ceremony at the beautiful new Harold Pollard Center, Murray and Shapovalov find themselves on a collision course early in the tournament.
Shapovalov drew a first-round bye as the second seed in the 48-player Main Draw field. In the second round, he’ll face the winner of the Murray-Tennys Sandgren first-round showdown.
Murray is the only player in the field whose number was not picked in the draw ceremony, and he was slotted into the final open spot in the draw in a bizarre stroke of chance.
Tournament director Bill Oakes said that he would announce details for when Murray’s first-round match will take place. The first round is scheduled for some matches on Sunday and the rest on Monday. The second round will be played on Tuesday.
Tomas Berdych, who represented the ATP players at the draw ceremony, has been watching Murray’s comeback from hip surgery, as Berdych is also coming back from a back injury.
“It’s nice to see him playing again,” Berdych said of Murray. “I don’t know all the particulars and he might be coming back a little early, but this just shows how much he loves to play and compete.”
Berdych and Murray are two of the four wild cards in the field, and what a bunch of wild cards it is. The two other wild cards are Frances Tiafoe and Shapovalov. Murray accepted his wild card on Thursday after making his singles comeback in Cincinnati. He lost to Richard Gasquet in the first round in his first singles appearance since the Australian Open.
The top seed is Benoit Paire, who has already won two tournaments this year and comes into the tournament ranked No. 29 in the latest ATP World Tour rankings. The 30-year-old Paire won earlier at Lyon and Marrakech. He moved up to the No. 1 seed after Kevin Anderson, Borna Coric and Nikoloz Basilashvili all withdrew before the draw.
The remaining seeds are: No. 2 Shapovalov; No. 3 Hubert Hurkacz; No. 4 Joao Sousa; No. 5 Daniel Evans; No. 6 Sam Querrey; No. 7 Lorenzo Sonego; No. 8 Filip Krajiinovic; No. 9 Albert Ramos Vinolas; No. 10 Tiafoe; No. 11 2016 WSO champion Pablo Carreno Busta; No. 12 Casper Ruud; No. 13 Miomir Kecmanovic; No. 14 John Millman; No. 15 Ugo Humbert; and No. 16 Feliciano Lopez.
All the seeds receive first-round byes. There were some intriguing first-round matchups beside the Murray-Sandgren match. Others include Berdych against Andreas Seppi; Steve Johnson against Corentin Moutet; Pablo Andujar against Nicolas Jarry; Andrey Rublev against Thomas Fabbiano; and Robin Haase against Marco Cecchinato.
Qualifying starts on Saturday at noon and there are several big names in the field, including 2013 WSO champion Jurgen Melzer and 2017 runner-up Damir Dzhumar. Also playing are two Wake Forest players, Petros Chrysochos and Borna Gojo.
Berdych, who was a finalist in 2012 before losing to John Isner in a third-set tie-break, said he was very impressed with the way the WSO has grown in recent years. He had particularly kind words for the Stadium Court and also the new Harold Pollard Center.
|Posted on August 15, 2019 at 7:40 PM|
The Winston-Salem Open is a men's professional tennis tournament played on the ATP Tour at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the United States 19-24 August 2019
Former No. 4 in the world TOMAS BERDYCH accepts Winston-Salem Open wild card
By John Brasier- Reporter, Triad Business Journal
The Winston-Salem Open added a premier wild card attraction to its field for the upcoming tournament at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Czech Tomas Berdych, who rose to No. 4 in the world rankings in 2015, but has been sidelined by a back injury, received a berth into the field for the August 17-24 event. Berdych, who has advanced to the semifinals in all four Grand Slam events, beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2010 before losing to Rafael Nadal in the final.
“We’re thrilled that Tomas Berdych accepted our invitation to the be the first wild card," said tournament director Bill Oakes.
On Thursday morning, the tournament released the names of 39 of the 48 men in the singles draw. The list includes Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson, who had been announced earlier. All but Berdych are in the current top 90 in the world rankings. No. 14 Borna Coric of Croatia and No. 16 Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia (country) are the top-ranked players in the field.
Greensboro's John Isner, the world's No. 12 player, isn't entered. Isner lost a second-round match at Wimbledon to Russian Mikhail Kukushkin, who lost in the round of 16.
“We will fill the remaining slots with other incredible players and look forward to having another blockbuster tournament in just a few weeks," said Oakes. "Winston-Salem is going to be the right place to be to watch tennis in late August.”
This week, Querrey advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, where he lost to Nadal. Oakes pointed out that 12 of the final 16 players at Wimbledon this year will either be in Winston-Salem this year, or have played the event in the past.
“In addition to well-known players, this year’s playing field includes several rising tennis players who represent the future of tennis," said Oakes.
The remaining nine spots in the field will be determined in coming weeks -- three via wild card entries, four determined by qualifying and two special exemptions.